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Let’s Talk Coachella: Tip No. 1 Housing

Here at Mojo we’ve decided to start a little series about the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly simplified to Coachella, to guide those first timers. For those who live under a rock, the annual gig is a three-day festival held in the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Each day, headliners and other musicians perform all day under huge art displays, desert palm trees and the California sun.

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There are two main types of housing options over the three days: off-site and on-site. Off-site housing includes RVs, campgrounds or hotels, which are stationed outside the borders of the festival, meaning shuttle passes (an extra $60) are mandatory. On-site housing includes car camping or tent camping, options held at $85 each, which many compete to obtain since they’re relatively cheaper than hotels.

You should have figured out where you’re staying or made a plan to decide soon about your living situation, because when buying anything for Coachella, the motto “the early bird gets the worm” heavily applies.

Consequently, I’ve interviewed some people about some tips for those who have yet to figure out their housing plan and those who have already decided. Here are the ins and outs of Coachella housing according to veterans.

Off-Site Camping: Hotels

I asked two UCLA undergraduates, Emily Flathers, a first-year economics student, and Jamie Cho, a first-year theater student, to provide some tips on hotel stays. They’re both alumni when it comes to off-site housing at Coachella.

1. Book hotels based on their proximity to shuttle stops. It’s important to get a hotel near shuttle stops because the lines can get extremely long and this will save you time. Ubers and taxis are available but are even more expensive and time consuming. A three-day shuttle pass for $60 includes trips back and forth around the clock in air-conditioned luxury busses. They promise that it’s worth it.

2. Bring things to do. Coachella is an event that will exhaust you, but there will be some free time in the morning, especially if you are staying in a hotel. There will be lines for everything, so bring a book or two. Many also choose to pack bathing suits so they can lounge by the pool before shows.

3. Plan accordingly. Leave at least 30 minutes to an hour in your schedule to get onto your shuttle. You don’t want to miss your shuttle since it could be hours until the next one arrives. Also, pack lightly and make sure you have everything you need – it’s cumbersome and annoying to miss a show just for a tube of sunscreen.

4. At the beginning of the day make sure you check when the last shuttle trip out is. This rule is simple. If you miss the last one out, well, good luck.

5. Before you leave, place all your valuable items in a luggage case with a lock on it, or place the items in a safe. Theft isn’t a huge problem at Coachella, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

6. Look for hotels with continental breakfast. Not only are you going to Coachella, but so is your body. A hearty breakfast is always something your body will appreciate, especially when preparing for a day full of walking around under the heat. Take advantage of the food and don’t forget to hydrate yourself before the day with some orange juice or water.

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On-Site Camping: Tents & Cars

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I asked three students – Ali Calentino, a first-year biology student at University of Chicago, Paige Parsons, a first-year English student at University of Pennsylvania and Nicki Gigliotti, a first-year international business student at University of San Francisco – for some input on camping.

1. Although tickets have already sold out on the official Coachella website, camping passes can only be bought as “add-ons” to your actual ticket to the festival. This means that you can’t officially buy the camping pass separately since it has to be registered with the wrist band it was purchased with. However, if you’re on the look out for camping passes on StubHub or any other unofficial vendors, make sure you trade wristbands with the seller or else you won’t be able to get in the festival at all.

2. If you are in groups bigger than five, it would be more comfortable to get two camping sites. You’ll be glad you spent the extra $85 when you realize that it’s nearly impossible to cram seven people in a tent without bathing in someone else’s sweat.

3. Don’t forget your shower items and shower shoes. Camping is like college – you can roll straight out of bed and show up to class, or in this case, the festival – and the communal showers are no different. Kudos to those who can stay sane without showering for three days in desert conditions, but for the rest of you, stay sanitary, my friends!

5. Campers get special treatment at Coachella. There are exclusive events open for campers such as silent disco, arts and crafts and yoga classes that many people don’t know about.

6. Become good friends with your camping neighbors. You will most likely run out of something or forget items so it’s nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hat or some water.

7. When setting up your tent, make sure you set up your site so that it’s easy to take down. Wind storms are frequent in the desert and it’s required you take down anything that could blow away (your tent). Duct tape will solve more problems than you think, and also some indicator such as a flag will help you mark your campsite amongst the other thousands of sites around you.

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Stay tuned to Mojo to read about more tips about Coachella!

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9 Questions You Should Ask Your Potential Roommates (But Won’t)

It’s that part of winter quarter again: time to figure out housing. This is the time when your crippling loneliness and social ineptitude is magnified by the need to figure out your roommates for next school year.

We all know the drill when it comes to screening roommates, whether they be current friends or acquaintances, but can you really ask them what you want to know if you’re going to live together? Here are nine questions you probably won’t ask your potential roommates it wouldn’t hurt, though, to ask their current roommates about them.

1. How often am I going to get sexiled? No, really. How often?

The age-old problem of “sexile”, or sex exile, is something that many of us have to face. Do they have a long-distance significant other, or are they the type to bring someone home after Thursday night at 2 a.m. (when you have an 8 a.m. on Friday)? Consider the amount of sleep, how much you like your potential roommate and if you plan on doing a bit of “sexiling” yourself.

2. What is your tolerance for a pile of really gross and/or moldy dishes? How about if it’s my midterms week?

For those making the move to the apartments or simply moving from one apartment to the next, dirty dishes are an important aspect of cleanliness. They attract flies, may grow mold and build up quickly. Make sure you and your potential roomie are on the same page when it comes to cleaning priorities, especially under the stress of midterms.

3. Nighttime flatulence and/or snoring. What can I expect?

It’s an awkward question no one wants to ask, but given that we’re all human beings who produce methane gas and strange noises, it’s a valid concern.

4. Are you the leader of a new on-campus club without a place to hold meetings?

Maybe your potential roommate is some visionary with an idea, but hasn’t had the foresight to book a room in Ackerman or elsewhere for their weekly meetings. If that’s the case, you should get used to them and 20-plus other people holding court in your living room while you’re trying to study.

5. If at some point I puke on myself or our furniture, are you going to get all holier-than-thou?

For those of us too far removed from our AlcoholEdu days to remember how to pace our drinks, there may come a time when you experience an untimely reversal of fortune. An understanding, or at least tolerant, roommate would be ideal if you would bet money on you having a post-alcohol fit of vomiting in the 2015-2016 academic year.

6. If we share a tandem parking space, how often can I expect to get my car out?

Tandem parking spaces are the only way we can fit all our cars into the North Village apartment area. Unfortunately, they’re also a total pain. If you’re looking into bringing your car on campus, make sure you find someone reliable and reasonable when it comes to sharing, or at least someone you’re comfortable with screaming at when you’re late for your internship and need to get your car out.

7. How forgetful are you when it comes to your financial deadlines?

If you have flaky roommates, keep yourself open to the possibility of being the monthly rent and utilities nag. Or maybe that’s you, who knows? If that’s the case, be ready to be hounded by your more responsible roommate come the end of the month.

8. How often do you plan to throw parties and/or hold get-togethers?

Whether the definition of “party” includes 10 or 50 people, it’s nice to know if you and your roommate are on the same page about how many parties you plan to throw and the exact parameters of that.

9.  Are you going to steal my milk, or are you going to steal my milk?

Self-explanatory.

 

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Mojo Asks Students

Where Should You Live Next Year?

Having trouble deciding whether to stay in the dorms or move to your Greek chapter house? Live at home or get your first apartment? We asked students about the pros and cons of different types of housing. This will hopefully help you decide.

Dorms

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All dorms

Pros:

  • Easy to make friends
    – Jennifer Livschitz, second-year biology student
  • You don’t have to cook
    – Livschitz
  • Dorm food
    – Dori Edwards, fourth-year communications student
  • Close to fraternities
    – Jessica Freed, fourth-year history student
  • Having random roommates
    – Jacquie Medeiros, third-year English and religious studies student
  • B-Plate, B-Caf and De Neve Late Night - Medeiros
  • You are surrounded by new people every day which gives you a chance to branch out
    – Kelvin Campbell, second-year math and economics student

Cons:

  • Far from class
    – Livschitz
  • Hills
    – Livschitz
  • Dictated meal times (you can’t eat between 3-5 p.m.)
    – Livschitz
  • Annoying RAs
    – Livschitz
  • Expensive – Livschitz
  • Barely any space – Edwards
  • Far from sororities – Freed
  • Lots of rules
    – Jessie Gold, third-year global studies and French student

 

Halls

Cons:

  • Little privacy – Edwards
  • Noisy
    –Shannon Nolte, third-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student

 

Suites

Pros:

  • Really spacious – Freed

Cons:

  • Super antisocial – Freed

 

Apartments

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Pros:

  • You get to cook (oven = cookies) – Livschitz
  • It can be closer to class - Livschitz
  • You have more space - Livschitz
  • It’s cheaper – Livschitz
  • No alcohol policies – Livschitz
  • Can drink and have friends over without being nervous – Edwards
  • Can do your own grocery shopping – Edwards
  • More freedom to decorate how you like – Edwards
  • Choose who you live with/room with – Edwards
  • Feels more homey and feels more like your own space since you are responsible for it through the rent, cleaning, etc. – Edwards
  • You can make your own food – Gold

Cons:

  • Adult life (you have to buy groceries and deal with issues like bugs and utilities) – Livschitz
  • There are mean landlords – Livschitz
  • Can be a bit more expensive
    – Cynthia Ceja, fourth-year political science student
  • Utilities are not always included in rent so that cost varies every month – Ceja
  • Often no air-conditioning or heating – Ceja
  • Elevators can be slow – Ceja
  • Parking is limited – Ceja
  • Most antisocial – Freed
  • You have to make your own food – Freed
  • You have to pay bills – Gold
  • Can be noisy – Gold

 

University apartments

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Pros:

  • You have a contract with UCLA housing – Ceja
  • You don’t have to worry about your other roommates not paying rent – Ceja
  • All utilities and Internet are included – Ceja
  • There is plenty of parking that just costs a bit extra – Ceja
  • The rooms are pretty spacious – Ceja
  • All the furniture and appliances are included – Ceja

Cons:

  • The hallways smell – Ceja
  • The Internet is super slow – Ceja
  • You can’t pick roommates (but can request certain roommates) – Ceja
  • All roommates have to be the same gender – Ceja
  • Mail is always getting stolen – Ceja

 

Greek housing

Sororities

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Pros:

  • You live with all your best friends – Freed
  • You get to know everyone in the house super well – Freed
  • You have a chef and a housekeeper – Freed
  • Really close to campus – Nolte
  • You become very close with your roommates – Medeiros
  • Minimal fighting – Medeiros
  • The food is really good – Medeiros
  • Single rooms have privacy – Medeiros
  • If I feel lonely I can head downstairs and see all my friends that are watching TV on the couch or doing a workout vid in the living room – Medeiros

Cons:

  • Sometimes difficult to get alone time – Nolte
  • Not close to Hill swipes – Nolte
  • Far from frat side/parties – Nolte
  • Bigger shared rooms are constantly cluttered with clothes and hair dryers and costumes and books – Medeiros
  • We all basically had to share everything because we didn’t know what was whose – Medeiros
  • There is much less selection for food – Medeiros
  • Enforced meal times – Medeiros
  • Friends/boyfriends can’t visit as much as you want them to – Medeiros

 

Fraternities

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Pros:

  • Close to campus
    – Jake Benowitz, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student
  • Relatively cheaper – Benowitz
  • FUN – Benowitz
  • You have a chef/food service – Benowitz
  • You are surrounded by people who already know and love you – Campbell

Cons:

  • Dirty all the time – Benowitz
  • No peace/quiet – Benowitz
  • Hard to study – Benowitz
  • Inevitably you will have to clean up other people’s messes, whether it be brothers’ or random people’s – Campbell

 

Home

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Pros:

  • I get to see my family every day – Kristine Azatyan, first-year psychobiology student
  • Homemade food – Azatyan
  • More space at home than in the dorms – Azatyan
  • No communal bathrooms – Azatyan
  • Saves money – Azatyan

Cons:

  • Ridiculous traffic – Azatyan
  • I don’t spend as much time peer studying and making connections with others – Azatyan
  • I don’t participate in a lot of school events and clubs – Azatyan
  • I spend a lot of money on gas and buying food – Azatyan

 

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Mojo Asks Students

Mojo Asks Students: What Are Your Best Tips For Picking A Roommate?

From the farting-while-slumbering roommate to the apartment-mate who throws parties every weekend, we’ve all heard the stories of roommates from hell. With the time to decide on living arrangements for next year drawing nigh (MyUCLA Housing applications are due by Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.), students now must consider who they want to live with and where. Mojo asked students for tips and advice on how to avoid a living situation disaster for the upcoming academic year.

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